Relax With Your Family For This Year's Heritage Festival !

Many who are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life here may turn to Singapore's outlying islands for a getaway, but not all are aware of the rich culture and history behind them.

This year's Singapore HeritageFest aims to change that: Singapore's numerous outlying islands are the subject of this year's festival. The event, which takes place from July 18 to 27, will introduce visitors to the idea of Singapore as a nation of islands, and not just an island-nation.

Singapore was once made up of over 70 islands, but today has just 40, with several merged and others transformed into landfills and tourist attractions. Organisers hope the festival will help people discover lesser-known tales of Singapore's trading past as well. The event will highlight the role Singapore's migrant forefathers played in the country's development, as well as the traditions brought with them.

Participants can expect a variety of activities, including boat excursions to lighthouses and outlying islands.

Visitors to Kusu Island will be treated to a performance from the Siong Leng Musical Association. It will perform a rendition of nanyin, one of the oldest existing musical styles of China that is usually only performed during the ninth lunar month at the island's Tua Pek Kong temple.

The Association has been performing nanyin, or songs from the South, at the temple for the past 40 years, and it hopes to introduce this traditional art form to more people with special performances during this year's HeritageFest.

"When you talk about nanyin, people will actually think that it's a slow and boring kind of music," said Siong Leng member Chelsea Tan. "We wanted to change the conception that nanyin is more for senior citizens. We wanted to show them that young people do play nanyin as well, and it can also be interesting for us when we learn nanyin."

Participants can also hop on boat rides to other islands, such as St John's, where they will learn about its history as a former quarantine site. Other activities include tours to Raffles Lighthouse, which are rare as visits are restricted.

Away from these islands, activities and exhibitions will take place across 11 festival hubs, including malls and the National Museum of Singapore, featuring topics such as traditional healing practices and motor racing.

Source: Channel News Asia, 26 June 2014 The HeritageFest is now into its eleventh year, and the National Heritage Board says it has seen more partners coming on board. Over 40 community groups, individuals and partners have contributed to the line-up.

"If people come on board, they do more. With more programmes, more people can get involved," said festival director Angelita Teo. "Last year we had more than 40 programmes, this year we have more than 60. So that growth is something that we are working hard on, to encourage more people to come on board."

Activities are free and the public can sign up for them from next month. The National Heritage Board hopes to attract 1.3 million visitors to the festival. More information can be found at the HeritageFest website.

Is Pretty 360 Out To Cheat Consumers Through Hard Selling Spa Packages ? (Same as AP Spa at Dhoby Ghaut)

Pretty 360 Spa

After many comments from my fellow bloggers, I am changing the contents for Pretty 360 blog post. It seems to be that Pretty 360 is providing many different services to the consumer, however many have complained that they are trying to hard sell packages during their visit and does not honour their vouchers.

You may want to post your comments here as some of the consumers have mentioned that they are deleting comments from the facebook and not responding to their request for the refund.

As mentioned by some of the bloggers recently, they have since close down the facebook fan page for Pretty360 while they have open a new spa called Slender Matrix at Wheelock Place.

Pretty 360

Singapore Shopping Centre
#05-25, 190 Clemenceau Ave
Singapore 239924
Tel: +65 6337 5360
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri - 10.30am to 9pm, Sat: 10am to 6pm

Updated on 15 June 2014.

Banyan Tree Group Launches New Brand, Cassia

Banyan Tree Group on Thursday (June 5) announced that a new brand has been launched, taking the hospitality group into a new segment.

With Cassia, Banyan will now have three brands in its portfolio. The group is seeking to expand globally. It has a target of 66 hotels and resorts, with more than 100 spas and galleries, across 33 countries by 2017.

Cassia lies in a niche sector between hotels and serviced apartments. It will offer fully-finished one and two-bedroom units for sale, with flexible living and investment options.

Five projects are being developed in Thailand, Indonesia, Sir Lanka, Australia and China.

An additional seven projects are being planned in Brisbane, New York, Japan, Seychelles, Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Vietnam.

Said Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings: "It is a hundred per cent real-estate, but focusing with a very strong hospitality element to it, and that is bringing our expertise in both areas to launch this new brand."

Source: ChannelNewsAsia, 5th June 2014.

Sofitel Open Second Spa Outlet at Sentosa in 2015

The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel, at 2 Bukit Manis Road is set for a major overhaul that will see its name changed. Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa will be their new name, marking the second spa by the French hotel brand. Their first spa opening, Sofitel So Singapore is schedule to open on 31 May 2014.

Undergoing a 12-18 months multi-million dollar renovation, it will be release in second half of 2015. The hotel will still be name The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa until transformation is complete.

DP Architects and MaxStudio will lead the renovation works. Beside the room, public areas will also get a complete new look, as well as the current Botanica Spa. The new So Spa includes 14 luxurious treatment rooms, 6 outdoor spa pavilions and a spa garden. Additionally, there will be refurbishment of existing two ballrooms while adding a pre-function room.

Situated behind Tanjong beach, the fabulous location provides fascinating tropical woodlands and sea views. A new place for rejuvenating body and soul in tranquil environment.

Special Shirodhara Head Treatment at Bail's Dewi Fortuna Spa (Day 1)

Today was the first day of our trip in Bali, my girl friend and I have planned to have at least one massage everyday for our next three days stay in Bali. That should be one of the main purpose of coming to Bali, isn;t it ? After we finished our exquisite balinese lunch at Warung d'Sawah and "checking-in" at my friend's villa for a short rest, we excitedly asked the driver to bring us to a nearby spa for a good body massage. While the driver drove us around to look for a place to massage, most of the spa salons are fully booked until we reach this spa - Dewi Fortuna Spa. No doubt the first impression of the spa does not throw a "WOW" factor to us, what impressed us further was the wide variety of the spa packages in which they offer.


As we entered the reception area, we were greet politely by the masseurs while they ushered us to waiting area, serving us a cup of spicy ginger tea. One of the masseurs handed over the menu to show their incredible wide selection of spa packages available, we was really spoilt for different choices. Both my girl friend and I opted for a same package cost about U$ 65 per person (excluding tax). The spa package consists of an hour of traditional balinese body massage and Shirodhara head treatment.

After choosing the spa package, we are being showed to a scarcely decorated couple room that has a simple bathtub with amenities. After we wash up and changed to disposable under garments and robe, we lay down onto the bed while waiting the masseurs prepares for our traditional balinese body massage.

The masseurs worked on our bodies with their experienced hands, rubbing our back with adequate force. One of the most amazing was the masseurs' synchronised massage pace. Though we were both facing down, you could actually hears both of them clapping (part of balinese massage style) almost at the same time throughout the entire session ! What a sensory experience to both the body and senses.

After an hours of holistic body massage, the masseurs walked out of the room and brought in the apparatus for our Shirodhara head treatment. Shirodhara is a Ayurvedic head massage technique that drips a slow stream of warm oil onto the forehead. As it is our experience with Shirodhara, we felt a peculiar feeling while the oil slowly flow into the scalp. The masseurs then slowly massage our scalp periodically to allow the stream of oil flow evenly through our heads. As the process continues, the combination sound of oil dripping onto the forehead and the basin that is placed on the floor beneath our head, it creates a tranquil melody that ultimately calmed my mind before I fell asleep completely.

The masseur woke me up with a gentle tap on my shoulder, to indicate that we have to go to a room at second storey to wash off the oil from our hair. They have tended to us with ultimate care while grooming our hair. We might have ended the spa slightly over two hours but the masseurs still tried their best to attend to us. Unknowingly, it is already almost seven thirty, time for a nice dinner at Bawang Merah beach front restaurant.

Conclusion
pampered by their holistic Balinese massage and rejuvenated with their Shirodhara head treatment at reasonable price. Dewi Fortuna Spa indeed has taken good care for our well-being during this two hours of sensory experience.

Dewi Fortuna Spa
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 38
Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Bali
Tel: +62-361-771322
Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm daily
www.grahabali.com/dewifortunaspa/

This article has been written and published on j82productions.com

Huang Ah Ma & Masego Safari Spa Special Promotion ! (Extended Operating Hours Till 3am Daily)

Check out the latest promotion from Huang Ah Ma Oriental Spa at Chinatown and Masego Safari Spa at SAFRA Jurong. 

Also, they have extended their operating hours to 3am daily !
Huang Ah Ma Oriental Spa & Masego Safari Spa Special Promotion

Lookout for Nimble Knead Mother's Day Promotion

Have not got an idea what to give for present to your mom on mother's day ? 

Maybe giving her a treat to a good massage would be fantastic !



Get a Royal Treatment at Huang Ah Ma Oriental Spa Chamber


Few days ago, I received an email from Jasmine Tay, their Corporate Accounts Relations Manger that they are currently having a promotion for their foot massage and special chopsticks massage which took me more than two weeks to confirm due to my heavy schedule at work. Finally, I managed to squeeze out my time to enjoy the wonderful experience.

The oriental spa is tucked away at the corner of Porcelain Hotel which is pretty easy to locate if you are traveling along Mosque Street as the brilliancy of the coloured wallpaper will draw your quick attention at first glance. If you are driving, you can simply parked your car along the street car park lots at Mosque Street. However, do remember to put your coupons as this area is a "Hot Spot" for "Uncle Sam"(ie. summon).

The oriental spa's entrance sits behind the sofa on the left side of the reception and unless you have very good observation, it is not easily noticeable if the doors are closed. As I make my way into the spa, i was being warmly welcomed by the receptionist.

We were ushered to a relaxing waiting area where they served us a cup of hot ginger tea while they make preparation for our foot reflexology. The masseurs then came in to show us the way into a foot reflexology room which we are sharing with another two guests whom are leaving soon. The room is well equipped with a television providing a wide range of TV programmes whilst we sit back, relax and pampered ourselves with an awesome foot reflexology by their skilful masseurs for a 60-minutes Royal Foot Massage ($48).

In case you are unaware, The Oriental Spa Chamber also named as Huang Ah Ma is a proud concept by Mary Chia Holdings Limited. Huang Ah Ma, is a traditional Manchurian expression for Royal Father. The customers get to receive royal treatments services as though you were a member from the royal family. This fantastic concept spa targets the audience of both men and women serving them with prestigious Oriental treatments. Customers are thus spoilt for choice of awesome treatments in the quiet and serenity of their oriental settings together with their well trained therapists.

Soon after our wonderful foot reflexology treatment, we were ushered politely to a couple room for their special 60-minutes chopstick massage ($68) (Note: this is their latest original treatment that's being newly added to their house of menu!!). We felt so blessed and would like to hereby express our heartfelt appreciation to Huang Ah Ma for allowing us the special priviledge for the taste of their new treatment.

With the plain use of just a couple pair of chopsticks, we felt the collision of the chopsticks being gradually rubbed against the selected various parts of the body. Its felt similar like how you feel when you are receiving a Guasha treatment in TCM. We felt the blood flows through our body releasing a burst of positive energy leaving us feeling refreshed after the fantastic one hour of treatment. Masseurs were constantly applying their skills with extreme precision to ensure that we are not in any way feeling uncomfortable during the process. Nevertheless, don't you worry, as they are more than willing to accommodate to customers's needs if in case, we cant take the pressure at all. The overall experience left both my girlfriend and me an unforgettable one. We both simply enjoyed the treatments to the max.

Below are some other facilities they have at Huang Ah Ma
  • 21 Massage Beds
  • 8 Foot Reflexology Stations
  • 1 Couple Room
  • 1 VIP Room
Conclusion

We will definitely be back for more on the skilful treatments at Huang Ah Ma and i am already spreading the word around to people i know on their speciality chopsticks massage which is a "MUST TRY". Blessed us, Huang Ah Ma has also now extended their operating hours to as late as 3am to cater to midnight owls out there. Sounds wonderful, isn't it? Thank you Huang Ah Ma for coming up with such a thoughtful idea. I'll definitely pay a re-visit to your premises for a relaxing and soothing massage treatment real soon again.

50 Mosque Street
Singapore 059528
Tel: +65 6536 1661
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun - 11am to 3am
http://www.huangahma.com

What has NTUC got for you on your Birthday Month ?

April will be my birthday month and I have received an eNewsletter from NTUC for the treats. Beside special discounts for food and travel, there is also special birthday promotions for those having birthday on that month. Below are the summary for those members. If you are a non-member yet, you can sign up from NTUC website easily, but do take note that there is a monthly fee for the NTUC Link Card

RN Spa

COMPLIMENTARY 1 SESSION OF GINGER BODY POLISH (DURATION 30 MINS / U.P. $85.60)
A warm gommage made of fresh ginger powder and a healthful concoction of otherAsian herbs to soothe all body aches and tension in gentle kneads.

OR

TOP UP $18 NETT FOR 1 SESSION OF GREEN OCHA BODY MASSAGE (DURATION: 60 MIN / U.P. $214.00)
An Asian fusion massage blended with powerful, age defying green tea oil to soothe body aches and renew skin texture.

Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
17 Cavenagh Road #B1-01
Singapore 229616
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri - 11am to 7.30pm, Sat, Sun & PH - 10am to 6pm

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer is valid for female NTUC members during their birthday month only.
  • By appointment only. Please quote NTUC2014BD-RN when making your appointment.
  • Please call 6238 6890 for booking of appointment
  • Please present NTUC Card and NRIC/Employment pass for verification purposes.
  • The Management of RN Spa reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions governing the redemption at any time without prior notice.
  • Valid till 31 Dec 2014.
Chrysalis Spa

CHOICE OF ONE (1) COMPLIMENTARY SPA TREATS:
  1. Award Winning Whitening Therapy (U.P $498)
  2. Acne Pimples Away (U.P $338)
  3. Sparkling Eye Therapy (U.P. $268)
  4. Lymphatic Slimming Cellulite Bamboo Therapy (U.P. $198)
  5. Milla Seeds Power Removal Treatment (U.P $150)
  6. Bust Detox (U.P $338)
AMK Hub #03-26
53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Singapore 569933
Tel: 6481 9270

Orchard Central #08-13
181 Orchard Road
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6884 9636

IMM Mall #02-42
2 Jurong East Street 21
Singapore 609601
Tel: 6567 5393

Tampines Mall #02-26A
4 Tampines Central 5
Singapore 529510
Tel: 6587 3310

Operating Hours: Mon to Fri - 11am to 9pm, Sat, Sun & PH - 10am to 7pm

Terms & Conditions
  • Valid customers aged 25 years and above who have not visited Chrysalis for the past 12 months.
  • Applicable for both female and male
  • Limited to one redemption per customer only; multiple redemption by customers is not permitted.
  • Advance booking is required.
  • Please quote NTUC Birthday for appointment.
  • Please present NTUC Card and NRIC/Employment pass for verification purposes.
  • This privilege is non-transferable and strictly non-exchangeable for cash or products
  • The Management of Chrysalis SPA Pte Ltd reserves the right to vary the terms and conditions without prior notice. 
Spa Elements

CHOICE OF 1 BIRTHDAY TREAT AT $18 (WORTH UP TO $190)
  • De-stress Body Massage (60 min)
  • Customised Spa Facial (60 min)
  • Spinal Check + Chiropractic Adjustment by experienced Doctor
ION Orchard #B1-30
2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6738 3788 or SMS 9059 8188

The Cathay #03-19
2 Handy Road
Singapore 229233
Tel: 6738 8008 or SMS 9056 8088

Terms & Conditions
  • Promotion is valid only during Birthday Month
  • Please present identity card and valid NTUC Plus!Card for verification
  • Strictly limited to one-time only redemption per customer only, no multiple redemptions are allowed.
  • Surcharge of $10 applies for weekend and PH appointment
  • This promotion is exclusive to NTUC Members and is non-transferable and non-exchangeable for cash.
  • The management reserves the right to change the promotion without prior notice.
  • Offer date valid till 31 Dec 2014. 
Beyond Beauty

$18 FOR MALE AND FEMALE PREMIUM TREATMENT OF EITHER:

  • Premium Royal Swedish Body Massage (60 mins worth $240), or
  • Treatment of Bird's Nest Facial (60 mins worth $240)
Orchard central #04-14
181 Orchard Road
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6332 8333

Roxy Square Shopping Centre II
50 East Coast Road #01-109
(Opposite Parkway Parade)
Singapore 428769
Tel: 6348 8333

Serangoon Garden
1 Maju Ave
#02-15/16/17/18, myVillage
Singapore 556679
Tel: 6337 8333

Thong Teck Building #01-01/02
15 Scotts Road,
Singapore 228218
Tel: 6336 8333

Raffles Place Malacca Centre
20 Malacca Street #11-00
Singapore 048979
Tel: 6858 8333

Orchid Hotel Singaore
1 Tras Link #02-03
Singapore 078867
Tel: 6438 8333

Tampines Junction
300 Tampines Ave 5 #07-02
Singapore 529653
Tel: 6363 8333

Terms & Conditions
  • Valid till 31 Dec 2014
  • By appointment only.
  • NTUC Card and NRIC/Employment pass must be presented upon redemption.
  • Promotion is valid only during Birthday Month
  • Promotion is not valid in conjunction with any promotion or discount.
  • Strictly one redemption per customer.
  • The management reserve the right to change the terms and conditions governing this promotino without prior notice.



Latest Promotions from NS Safra Card


Pampering Spa Indulgences at $38 NETT at Spa Rael

Choice between Shiatsu Body Massage (60 min, U.P $214) or Glyco Skin Rejuvenation (90 min, $342.40)

*Redeem your treatment from Monday to Thursday , between 11am and 4pm to enjoy a further discount of $8 off.

By appointment only. Call them at 6732 9633.

VALID UNTIL 31 JUL 2014.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scott Road
www.sparael.com.sg

Terms & Conditions

  • Strictly for Singaporean, Singapore PRs, Employment Pass and Dependant's Pass holders only, aged 21 years and above.
  • By appointment only, Please quote SF1974-SR when making your appointment.
  • Only permissible with NRIC or FIN and SAFRA membership card. Promotion is non-transferable.
  • The Management of Spa Rael reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions governing the redemption at any time without prior notice.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid reduced treatment time. 
  • For customers who have not visited Spa Rael in the last 12 months.
  • Not valid for existing package holders.

GET A CHOICE OF ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SPA TREATS AT $38* EACH
($38* FOR SAFRA MEMBERS; $48* FOR PUBLIC)

  • 60 minutes Safari Full Body Massage (Choice of Aroma/Swedish/Balinese/Javanese/Deep Tissue)
  • 30 minutes Pure Earth Divine Face Spa
  • 30 minutes Rebirth Detoxifying Face Spa
  • 30 minutes Nature's Face Lifting Therapy
SAFRA Jurong (Level 3)
Tel: 6790 1661
enquiries@masego.com.sg

Terms & Conditions
  • Prices before 7% GST.
  • Advance booking is required. Please call 6790 1661 and quote SJ-NS14 for an appointment.
  • For first-time customers to Masego The Safari Spa, 21 years and above.
  • For Singaporeans / Singapore PRs only.
  • One redemption per person only.
  • The Management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of this offer without prior notice.